Herbert-Ernst Vahl was born October 9th, 1896, in Posen.
In 1914 he joined 7. (Westpreussischen) Infanterie-Regiment. Janaury 8th, 1915 he was selected for officer's training. During World War One he served on the River Somme and near Verdun. In 1916 as well as in 1917 he got injured and was awarded the Verwundetenabzeichen (Medal for the Injured) in Black and in Silver. He was also awarded the Eisernes Kreuz (Iron Cross) 2nd and 1st Class.
After the First World War he remained in the new Reichswehr, being employed as a teacher in various military schools and he served with 14.Kompanie, 16.Kavallerie-Regiment in Berlin. After the seize of power by the Nazis, he was appointed Kommandeur II./Panzer-Regiment 4/2.Panzer Division.
When war broke out in September 1939 he became Oberstleutnant, Kommandeur Panzer-Bataillon 65 / 6. Panzer-Division. With this unit he participated in the campaign against Poland. As Kommandeur of Panzer-bataillon 101 he participated in the campaigns in France, the Balkans and the invasion of the Soviet Union. From July 1941 onwards, he was in command of Panzer-Regiment 29 / 12. Panzer-Division. By order from Berlin, he transferred to the Waffen-SS on August 1st, 1942 and was given command of the SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 and in 1943 he was put in command of the SS-Division "Das Reich", participating with this unit in the campaign on the Eastern Front. At the end of 1943 he was named Inspekteur Panzertruppen / SS Führungshauptamt but he returned to the front in July 1944.
Herbert Vahl lost his life in Greece on July 22nd in an accident with a motorcycle. At the time he was Kommandeur 4. SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Division in the rank of SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS.
January 8th,1915, Leutnant;
April 1st, 1925, Oberleutnant;
February 1st, 1931, Rittmeister;
November 1st, 1936, Major;
February 1st, 1939, Oberstleutnant;
December 13th, 1941: Oberst;
August 1st, 1942: SS-Standartenführer;
February 10th, 1943: SS-Oberführer;
April 1st, 1943: SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS.
1914: 7. (Westpreußischen) Infanterie-Regiment;
?: Teacher Military school;
?: Chef 14. Kompanie / Reiter-Regiment 16, Berlijn;
?: Chef Kradschützen-Kompanie;
?: Kommandeur II. / Panzer-Regiment 4 / 2. Panzer-Division;
September 1939: Kommandeur Panzer-Abteilung 65 / 6. Panzer-Division;
May 1940: Kommandeur Panzer-Abteilung 101;
July 1941: Kommandeur Panzerregiment 29 / 12. Panzer-Division;
August 1942: Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 / 2. SS-Panzer-Division „Das Reich";
February 10th, 1943 – March 18th, 1943: Kommandeur 2. SS-Division "Das Reich";
1943: Inspekteur Panzertruppen / SS Führungshauptamt;
July 13th, 1944 – July 22nd, 1944: Kommandeur 4. SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Division.
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